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The Copyrights with Elway and The Vains

Sunday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Since forming in Carbondale, Ill., a dozen years ago as a response to the woeful lack of Punk bands in the local scene, The Copyrights have earned a potent reputation with five acclaimed studio albums, a quartet of EPs and a handful of split 7-inch singles.  

The Ragbirds with Box Truck Rescue and Evan Ray

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., is the nexus for a lot of weird, wonderful musical behavior, and The Ragbirds are another brilliant reminder of that odd harmonic paradigm. Combining elements from a variety of sources — Gypsy Jazz, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass and Rock filtered through Middle Eastern, African and Latin rhythms — the band creates a groove-laden global Roots gumbo.  

ScHoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q’s incendiary, just-released Interscope debut, has been incredibly well received by critics for its raw musical presentation and distinctive lyrics and delivery. At press time, chart pundits were predicting it would debut high on the next Billboard album chart, if not hit No. 1.   
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REVIEW: Saturn Batteries’ ‘Real Far East’

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 28, 2014
An EP can serve several purposes — a stopgap release between full-length releases; fresh merch to offer at shows; a teaser for more material down the road; or an exploratory release to test the waters for a response to a new band or an existing band's new direction (among others).  In any event, whatever a band's reason might be for offering up a small dose of their material for reduced con...  
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REVIEW: Denim Road Band’s ‘Blame It On the Stars’

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, February 27, 2014
The combined musical experience of the members of the Denim Road Band easily eclipses the century-and-a-half mark and encompasses every conceivable type of band and genre of music; local show/dance/cover outfits to nationally recognized entities playing Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Top 40 Country, Funk and everything between and beyond. DRB's sense of history and classicism inv...  

New Fires from Old Fuel

Lydia Loveless finds fresh inspiration from a youthful obsession with baseball and a 19th century poet

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ohio singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless hits the road in support of her second full-length release for the esteemed Bloodshot Records release, Somewhere Else.
  

Music: Lydia Loveless

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Lydia Loveless performs Friday at the Southgate House Revival with The Screaming Walls.  

Music: Empires

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival.  

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Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival, which guitarist Tom Conrad recalls thusly: “I remember everyone being extremely wasted and playing really late, and walking away thinking, ‘I don’t know what this was but I’d love to come back.’”
  

Faith and Praise

Milton Blake’s long journey from Jamaica to Cincinnati and belief in the Almighty informs his debut album, People Need Jah

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Most native Jamaicans I’ve met are possessed of a similar quality, namely a Zen-like balance between an intense drive to do the best possible job regardless of the task at hand and an almost blissful serenity borne of faith. That quality radiates from now-Cincinnati-based Reggae singer/songwriter Milton Blake in palpable waves.